Weekend Fun: Lessons in Feel Good Living From My Cats
I’ve read that people with pets have lower stress levels. Maybe it’s because pets (in my case, my cats, affectionately known as “the boys”) seem to know a thing or two about living a good life.
I thought I’d share a thing or two about how my boys experience Feel Good Living.
Make time for silence. A little quiet time is good for the mind, body and soul. It relieves stress, improves focus, productivity, creativity and is all around good for your health. (In this photo: One morning during my meditation my boys decided to join me. I broke my focus and snapped this photo of them on my lap. Then we sat in silence for the remaining time.)
Ask for What You Want. Every morning my boy Bobby asks for breakfast, and he’s not shy about it. Take a listen (opens in iTunes). Bobby asking for breakfast. Clear, confident communication works. (Bobby always gets his breakfast!)
Take a Nap. A quick 15 minute cat nap is sometimes just what I need to get my energy and creative juices flowing. I even know folks who find a spot to nap at work! (In these photos: if they’re tired, my boys will pretty much nap anywhere…though I wish they would stop choosing the kitchen table. Bobby is on the left, Habibi on the right)
Find time for play! Play nice, and play often (my cats play often, not always nice)…do you find time for play in your day?
Snuggle with Someone You Love. Or at least spending time live and in person with someone you care about is a great way to feel connected.
Leave Your Mark on the World. Live with purpose and passion and people will remember how you made them feel (hopefully good! My Habibi likes to leave his mark all around the house)
Challenge the status quo. Tired of the same old, same old? Maybe it’s time to switch it up! Challenge the rules and beliefs you live by and see what happens. (Rules in my house: No cats on the counters. Then I found Bobby relaxing by the kitchen sink. He hasn’t done it again. Sometimes challenging the rules doesn’t work for the long term, but it’s worth a shot, right?)
What about you? Do you have pets? What lessons have you learned from them?